Suspended Coffee Society

It’s a really simple concept… purchase a coffee for someone who can’t afford one!

This pay it forward custom originated in Naples, and has slowly been spreading around the world, but after the story was posted on facebook, people became inspired by this inexpensive way to make a difference, and more and more
people started facebook pages supporting the movement.

SCMelbTransLogoDeclan and Jett jumped on board to create
Suspended Coffee Society Melbourne, and as they also believe that kindness should be paid forward, welcomed Ripple’s support in supplying kindness cards to each participating cafe.

When someone redeems a coffee, they’ll be given a kindness card to remind them that someone cared enough to pay for their drink, and that person’s kindness should be paid forward.

It’s a system that relies on people’s honesty so that those
who really need the help are able to enjoy a free coffee.


“We enter a little coffee house with a friend of mine and give our order.
While we’re approaching our table, two people come in and they go to the counter.

‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.’

They pay for their order, take the two and leave.

I ask my friend: ‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?’ ‘Wait for it and you will see.’

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go.
The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers
– three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal
with those ‘suspended’ coffees, I enjoy the sunny weather and the
beautiful view towards the square in front of the café.

Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes
in through the door and kindly asks, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage.

The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all
over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee,
but also a sandwich or a whole meal.”

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Click here to find businesses participating in the Suspended Coffee project in Victoria and here to find some around the world.

Click here to read an article in Living Today Magazine.